You won't be able to rate my service until I actually answer you. That wouldn't be fair to you if you rated without an answer. I just hope that you rate me positively. About that answer two days ago, you are assuming that the person that had the H-1B validly was able to file an H-1B transfer BEFORE he got fired. I did not make such an assumption. The person asked how to report and I explained how to do it. It isn't my (or his) job to determine if the H-1B had a gap in his status. That is ICE's job. Also, keep in mind that there is no longer an "unofficial" 30 day grace period. So even a gap of one day, fired on one day, and filed an H-1B on the next day could be considered a gap which would mean the person would have to leave the U.S. to get status.
You scared me. I know I am not perfect and I make mistakes from time to time (still do and probably always will), but I try my best to make sure I give good information because I take my responsibility very seriously. I know that people's lives in this country may depend on what I say and families could be torn apart or worse.
As far as your options, they aren't that good:
1) Assuming that OPT extension is not an option, you can try to apply for a new F-1 program for a higher degree or different degree. A higher degree would be better because then you can have OPT again. Of course, you run the risk of them saying that you have immigrant intent because of the I-130 filed for you.
2) You can apply for a J-1 visa, but you have the same issue with the immigrant intent.
3) You can apply for a B-2 tourist visa, but not only do you have the issue with immigrant intent, but you would only get 6 months with an additional 6 month extension.
4) You can apply for an H-2B, but as you probably know, those are expensive because of the Labor Certification, you have to be from a country listed in the H-2B category, or show that you would be an asset to the U.S., and of course, you have the same issue of immigrant intent.
5) You can apply for an H-1B job that is cap exempt and those are at an institution of higher education or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities or a nonprofit research organization, or a government research organization. Those are not subject to this numerical cap.
And no, you were not supposed to stop going to school when you developed immigrant intent, but that will become an issue when you file for an extension or change to another non-immigrant status.
And then of course, if you marry a U.S. Citizen (for love, not for legal status), you could apply for Residency that way.
I know that the options are not good, but at least you have some. Please let me know if you have additional questions and please do not forget to rate my service to you (not the state of the law) as that is the only way that I can get credit for my assistance.
Even after you rate the service, I can still answer additional questions for you without additional charge.
If you do rate me positively, a bonus is always appreciated. If you would like to request me in the future, just go to http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-guillermosenmartin/